Articles by BRENDA CARTWRIGHT
Signing U.S. States in ASL
Learn how to sign each of the 50 U.S. state names in ASL. Not all states are signed using the same method... some are signed by letter fingerspelling and some have an established sign. Read the article to learn the signs, finding tips, word lists and images to help!
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same — Family
This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings. The signs discussed in this article include family signs: (1) Family vs. Class vs. Team, (2) Girl vs. Aunt vs. Daily, (3) One-Handed Family Signs, (4) Man vs. Woman, (5) Two-Handed Family Signs, and (6) Child vs. Children
Fingerspelling Warm-Up Activities to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries
Warm-up exercises are essential for signers and deter the possibility of injuries and cumulative trauma disorders. Read the article to find a variety of great stretches to get you warmed up for signing and especially for fingerspelling practice!
Closed captioning took well over 30 years to appear after the onset of television programming. With laws now in place to mandate closed captioning for all new video programming, Deaf and hard of hearing consumers may finally make the most of watching television. However, captions benefit more than just the deaf — second language viewers, elderly with hearing issues, children learning to read, and really anyone watching a movie or show with audio that may be unclear at times (like characters speaking quickly or excitedly or with an accent) or when watching in a loud environment.
How does a deaf person feel when a hearing person approaches them in public and tries to use sign language?
Should a hearing person approach an unfamiliar deaf person in public and try signing? Read the article to learn about social cues and keeping common courtesies in mind.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same — Conversation Basics
This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings. The signs discussed in this article include signs used when beginning to sign and having conversations: (1) Please vs. Sorry, (2) Please vs. Enjoy, (3) Understand vs. Don't Understand, (4) Know vs. Don't Know, (5) Help Me vs. Help You, (6) Friend vs. Good Friend, (7) Learn vs. Student, and (8) Teach vs. Teacher
ASL fingerspelling has interesting historical roots. Read the article to learn about the history behind the hand shapes.
Classifications of Deafness By Age
Classifications are used to categorize deafness based on WHEN someone becomes deaf. Read the article to learn the terminology for these classifications.
Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same — Calendar Signs
This article is part of our “Signs That Are Close... But Not the Same” series, which highlights signs that look similar, but have different meanings. The signs discussed in this article include calendar signs: (1) Day vs. Today, (2) Tomorrow vs. Yesterday, (3) Born vs. Birthday , (4) Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, (5) Thursday vs. High School, (6) Sunday vs. Wonderful, (7) AM vs. PM, (8) Noon vs. Midnight, and (9) Afternoon vs. Night